Fish Habitat & River Restoration

 

Salmon Habitat Restoration Projects: Boulder Weir and Log Jam on the North Fork Coquille River, Coos County, Coquille Watershed (photos, K. Miles)

Bandon Community Radio’s Executive Director, Kelly Miles, is a current Port of Bandon Commissioner and spent nearly 8 years as the Director of the Coquille Watershed Association in Coquille, Oregon. She is passionate about marine and river ecology, and was fortunate to work with many fine landowners and biologists on dozens of salmon habitat restoration and water quality projects. To find out how you can help the southern & coastal watersheds in Oregon, visit these links:

Coquille Watershed Association
Coos Watershed Association
Umpqua Watersheds
Wild Rivers Land Trust
MidCoast Watersheds Council
Oregon Coast Alliance

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While with the Watershed Association, Kelly was honored to work with renowned fish passage engineer, Răzvan Voicu, PhD, on river restoration papers published in the Transylvanian Review of Systematical and Ecological Research in Sibiu, Romania. You can view some of Dr. Voicu’s papers below:

New Paper!  Caras River Gorge Aspects of Salmonids Communities Management

Fish Migration System Over A Wooden Discharge Sill Located On The Bistra Marului River
The Wetlands Diversity Complete Volume
Improving Upstream & Downstream Fish Passage at Retis Dam on Hartibaciu River
Facilitation Fish Migration Above The Discharge Sill Located On The Ialomiţa River Near Cave Ialomicioara
Design Of Hatch Operation System For Fish Migrating Upstream-Downstream Of The Discharge Sill
Cottus Gobio Linnaeus, Ecological Status And Management Elements In Maramureş Mountains Nature Park (Romania)

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Sad News…

via GIPHY

In a move that has been slammed by opponents, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted an import alert that prevented controversial genetically engineered salmon from entering the US market.

The long running battle previously came to a head in 2016 when Congress blocked the FDA from allowing AquaAdvantage Salmon to appear in grocery stores after the food watchdog declared the product, which critics have dubbed “frankenfish,” safe to eat.

That year also saw Congress pass a law directing the US Department of Agriculture to set a national mandatory standard for disclosing genetically modified foods.

The USDA finally issued the guidelines in December 2018. It uses the term ‘bioengineered’ instead of the more commonly used ‘genetically modified’ or ‘genetically engineered’, and allows ‘bioengineered’ ingredients to be disclosed in several different ways: in text, a symbol, a digital link printed on packaging, or text message.

In a fresh statement on genetically engineered salmon, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said because of the 2016 law and the new USDA standard, the FDA “no longer has the authority to issue labeling guidance.”

However, his administration is satisfied that the salmon has met the criteria and it lifted the import alert, allowing AquaAdvantage Salmon eggs to be imported to the company’s facility in Indiana and raised into salmon for food.

Senator Lisa Murkowski said she is “extremely disappointed” with the FDA’s “short sighted” decision, labeling it “wrong-headed.” The Alaskan Republican argues that the USDA’s new guidelines are confusing and don’t give consumers clear information about where their food comes from. “I continue to have serious concerns about splicing DNA from two animals to produce a new marketable fish, essentially creating a new species. American consumers deserve to know what they purchasing, and ultimately eating,” she said.

The AquaAdvantage Salmon grows faster than farm-raised salmon and can also be grown throughout the year. It is produced by AquaBounty technologies, a Massachusetts company that specializes in genetically engineered fish.

Link to original RT article Here.

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The 2018 International Conference on River Connectivity (Fish Passage 2018) was a success!

Dr. Răzvan Voicu at Charles Sturt University in Albury, New South Wales, Australia (pictures, R. Voicu)

Dr. Voicu was invited to the Fish Passage 2018 Conference in December to participate in an international workshop on Irrigation, Fisheries and Sustainable Development Goals, and to provide unique perspectives from Romania with specific reference to irrigation development in the Danube catchment given his extensive experience in this field.

Dr. Voicu found the conference to be very valuable and Australia to be a beautiful & interesting country. Check back to find the publication he contributed to when it becomes available!